Helsinki AC was established 1891 by Emil Karlson and friend. First they did old-school weightlifting, pyramids and German-style stand up wrestling. After Ladislaus Pytlasinksi inroducted French ( Greco) wrestling to Finland 1896 the club focused on this wrestling style with great success. They also continuet weight-lifting and in 20s added boxing.
Here are some of the most important wrestler of the club:
Carl Allen: Finnish Greco Champ 1899 and coach for the next generation
Verner Weckman: World Champ 1905, Olympic Champ 1906 & 1908
Armas Laitinen: Finnish Greco Champ 1913. Wrestled pro in US around 1919 against Joe Stecher, John Pesek, Ed Lewis, ect. Coached Finnish Olympic team in the 20s.
Ivar Böling: Finnish Greco Champ 1913. Wresteld over 10 hour match in 1912 Olympics.
The Westerlund brothers: Won multiple national, world and Olympic medals.
Gunner Bärlund was a top contender of the world-title in pro-boxing around 30s – during the time of Joe Louis.
Long live HAK!!